Highly Recommended Books

The Omnivore's Dilemma : A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan   


What should we have for dinner?  For omnivores like ourselves, this simple question has always posed a dilemma:  When you can eat just about anything nature (or the supermarket) has to offer, deciding what you should eat will inevitably stir anxiety, especially when some of the foods on offer might shorten your life.  Today, buffeted by one food fad after another, America is suffering from what can only be described as a national eating disorder.  The omnivore’s dilemma has returned with a vengeance, as the cornucopia of the modern American supermarket and fast-food outlet confronts us with a bewildering and treacherous food landscape.  What’s at stake in our eating choices is not only our own and our children’s health, but the health of the environment that sustains life on earth.     Listen to Michael Pollan on Fresh Air (NPR)

                                                  Listen to Michael Pollan on Science Friday (NPR)

                                                  Listen to Michael Pollan on Beyond Organic

                                                  Watch Michael Pollan on Berkeley webcast




The Omnivore's Dilemma : A Natural History of Four Meals



Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life by Russell L. Blaylock


He is a board certified neurosurgeon and clinical assistant professor of neurosurgery at the Medical University of Mississippi.  He has practiced neurosurgery for the past 25 years and runs a successful private nutritional practice.


Learn how chemicals and compounds you encounter every day can lead to unexpected health complications and life-threatening disorders…and how to prevent and treat illness using alternative methods, including vitamin supplementation that targets specific illnesses and disorders.  The newest research into antioxidants and flavanoids

Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life


Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills
by Russell L. Blaylock


Excitotoxins are substances added to foods and beverages that literally stimulate neurons to death, causing brain damage of varying degrees, can be found in such ingredients as monosodium glutamate (MSG), aspartame, (Nutrasweetâ), cysteine, hydrolyzed protein, and aspartic acid.  


“What if someone were to tell you that a chemical added to food could cause brain damage in your children, and that this chemical could effect how your children’s nervous systems formed during development so that in later years they may have learning or emotional difficulties?  What if there was scientific evidence that these chemicals could damage a critical part of the brain known to control hormones so that later in life your child might have endocrine problems?  How you would feel?”


“Suppose evidence was presented to you strongly suggesting that the artificial sweetener in your diet soft drink may cause brain tumors to develop, and that the number of brain tumors reported since the widespread introduction of this artificial sweetener has risen dramatically?  Would that affect your decision to drink these products and especially to allow your children to drink them?  What if you could be shown overwhelming evidence that one of the main ingredients in this sweetener (aspartate) could cause the same brain lesions as MSG?  Would that affect your buying decisions?  And finally, what if it could be demonstrated that all of these types of chemicals (called excitotoxins) could possibly aggravate or even precipitate many of the neurodegenerative brain diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, ALS, and Alzheimer’s disease?  Would you be concerned if you knew that these excitotoxin food additives are a particular risk if you have ever had a stroke, brain injury, brain tumor, meningitis or viral encephalitis?”


“I would think that all of us would be more than just concerned to learn that well known powerful brain toxins were being added to our food and drink to boost sales.  We would be especially upset to learn that these additives have no other purpose than to enhance the taste of food and the sweetness of various diet products.”


“You would also be upset to learn that many of these brain lesions in your children are irreversible and can follow a single exposure to a sufficient concentration.  And I would bet that you would be incredulous to learn that the food industry disguises many of these “excitotoxin additives” so that they will not be recognized.  In fact, many foods that are labeled “No MSG” not only contain MSG, but also contain other excitotoxins of equal potency.”


Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills




























Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients
by Russell L. Blaylock


If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, you need a strategy to fight back.  And while your oncologist may prescribe a course of treatment that includes chemotherapy or radiation, you must understand that these powerful and sometimes effective weapons often have unwelcome and even dangerous consequences.  Current international research shows that without a strong nutritional foundation, a patients odds of surviving the treatments – let alone beating cancer – are greatly reduced.  Conversely, patients receiving the proper balance of healthy foods, vitamins and minerals, and selected nutritional supplements show a striking increase in the effectiveness of their chemotherapy and radiation treatments.


Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients




The UV Advantage by Michael Holick


Often, but not too frequently, new health paradigms come along that seem counterintuitive to nature. And given enough time, along with approval of the prevailing economic and political interests, they become entrenched in society, and then very difficult to dislodge. So engrained it becomes, that it becomes a part of our regular vernacular.

Take for instance our exposure to sunlight, or our lack of it. For if you haven’t heard, sun exposure causes skin cancer. Or unless you haven’t been around in the past decade, you obviously have not been aware of the epidemic of skin cancer that is affecting our citizens. There are countless numbers of public service announcements and television advertisements from sun tan lotion manufacturers warning you of exposure to these so-called harmful rays of the sun, Ultraviolet A and B to be exact.

Well, Dr. Holick is here to tell you that what you have been hearing is not entirely correct. In fact, He is telling you that regular moderate exposure to sunlight is not only a requirement for a healthy life, but also a requisite for living.

Being an Arizona native and having a history of non-melanoma skin cancer gives me a unique perspective. I will continue to receive moderate exposure to sunlight and try very hard to limit burning of any kind. For mankind has had a beneficial relationship with the sun for thousands of years. The key, as with many health related issues, is moderation.



The UV Advantage









The Healing Sun: Sunlight and Health in the 21st Century by Richard Hobday


The human race evolved under the sun, and for thousands of years lived in harmony with its heat and light. Yet over the last fifty years we have lost this close contact with the sun and its healing powers. We have become afraid of it.

However the sun is central to our well-being and health. Did you know that: designing and building sunlit houses can help prevent disease, make us feel happier and save energy; sunlight can help prevent and heal many common and often fatal diseases like breast cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis and osteoporosis; before antibiotics, sunlight was used successfully to speed up the healing of wounds; tanning moderately throughout the year is better than avoiding the sun altogether; sudden bursts of strong solar radiation are unnatural and dangerous, protection needs to be built up slowly; early morning sunlight in cool temperatures is particularly beneficial to the body

Sunlit hospital rooms provide a better environment for the treatment of clinically depressed people; prolonged exposure to artificial light puts the body under great stress large numbers of people may be compromising their health through sunlight deficiency; there is a substantial body of historical and contemporary evidence that suggests moderate sunbathing is far more beneficial than we are currently led to believe

The light and heat from the sun are indispensable to all nature. Humanity is also part of nature and needs sunlight for health and well being, for vitality and happiness. This book explains how and why we should welcome sunlight back into our lives — safely! It shows how sunlight was used to prevent and cure diseases in the past, and how it can heal us and help us in the future.



The Healing Sun: Sunlight and Health in the 21st Century











Omega Rx Zone : The Miracle of the New High-Dose Fish Oil by Barry Sears


Dr. Sears reveals a revolutionary new technological advance that helps treat chronic disease, improves athletic performance, and more. Pharmaceutical-grade fish oil has the potential to make you a more emotionally stable, healthier person by allowing your brain to work at peak efficiency and controlling the hormonal responses that ultimately govern your body and mind. Drawing upon his own research as well as recently published studies, Dr. Sears shares a new understanding of heart disease, cancer, depression, Alzheimer's, attention deficit disorder, chronic pain, Type 2 diabetes, infertility, and multiple sclerosis.

Omega Rx Zone : The Miracle of the New High-Dose Fish Oil